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A list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful and popular NFL teams during the Super Bowl era. The team has gone to six Super Bowls, winning five of them. The San Francisco teams of the past four decades have had some of the best players in football history. These players are widely considered the best players at their position and are easily the greatest 49ers ever. Every conversation about the greatest 49ers begins with Joe Montana. Drafted in the third round in 1979, Montana was an integral player in the 49ers dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s. The team won four Super Bowls with Montana as its quarterback, confirming his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Next in line was another superstar quarterback: Steve Young. A worthy successor, Young was an NFL MVP and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl title after the 1994.

You can't talk about the greatest 49ers players of all time without mentioning the best wide receiver ever. Jerry Rice had the most storied career of any receiver in NFL history. Rice holds nearly every receiving record in NFL history and is by far and away the best 49ers receiver of all time.

The 49ers defense has featured the iconic Ronnie Lott and more recently, superstar linebacker Patrick Willis.

This is the list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest San Francisco 49ers player of all time.
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+ - 1,331 139
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
+ - 1,374 132
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
+ - 924 104
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
+ - 965 110
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

5
+ - 709 152
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
+ - 583 144
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

7
+ - 659 160
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

8
+ - 491 112
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Charles Haley Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
+ - 515 200
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
+ - 353 83
Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

11
+ - 387 89
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Taylor Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
+ - 464 105
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Clark Tight end, Wide receiver

13
+ - 306 82
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bryant Young Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

14
+ - 231 80
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

15
+ - 312 61
Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Staley Tackle

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+ - 250 30
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

17
+ - 278 71
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

18
+ - 274 70
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

19
+ - 211 63
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

20
+ - 353 108
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

21
+ - 351 103
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

22
+ - 226 56
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

23
+ - 243 69
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dana Stubblefield Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

24
+ - 221 62
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ricky Watters Running back

25
+ - 238 77
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
+ - 184 55
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

27
+ - 269 51
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

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+ - 220 68
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

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+ - 203 51
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

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+ - 202 59
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

31
+ - 164 58
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

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+ - 171 46
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

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+ - 161 46
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

34
+ - 159 51
Guy McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guy McIntyre Guard

35
+ - 158 44
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

36
+ - 157 51
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

37
+ - 164 87
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

38
+ - 133 42
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

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+ - 137 41
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

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+ - 151 43
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

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+ - 91 31
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Andy Lee Punter

42
+ - 109 19
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

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+ - 133 39
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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+ - 153 68
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

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+ - 140 49
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

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+ - 77 4
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

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+ - 98 21
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Keena Turner Linebacker

48
+ - 107 44
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard

49
+ - 94 22
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Wright Cornerback

50
+ - 102 36
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver